Text: Dean Ang / Photos: David Smith | posted March 05, 2013 17:44
Diesel-electric powertrain for reduced carbon emission
Mitsubishi unveiled the Mitsubishi Concept Grand Runner-hybrid electric vehicle (GR-HEV) sport utility truck at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show. The concept shows that the brand is considering to make its future pickup truck a hybrid one by utilizing Mitsubishi's Drive@earth technology.
The GR-HEV is powered by a diesel-hybrid powertrain composed of a 2.5-liter diesel engine and an electric motor with a high capacity battery for an environment friendly operation. It points the direction to future powertrains for Mitsubishi light commercial vechicles. Its next-generation 4WD drivetrain has a Super Select 4WD (SS4) system that allows the driver to select four drive modes(2H, 4H, 4HL, 4LL) for different terrains and a Super All Wheel Control (SAWC) system that provides advanced control for driving and braking force in all four wheels. Lastly, it also features a torque control system that enables instant motor response.
The GR-HEV will still deliver the combination of sedan like comfort level with a pickup truck's functionality. It also provides excellent aerodynamic qualities without compromising the truck's functional elements. LED headlamps, daytime running lights, and rear combination lamps together with aluminum air dams adds a premium feel to the GR-HEV.
For added convenience, the vehicle is fitted with an AC power supply system to eliminate the need to carry power generators on the vehicle.
Mitsubishi describes that the 4WD Sport Utility HEV Truck show car was developed as a conceptual successor to a long line of one-ton Mitsubishi Motors pickup trucks - from the original 1978 Mitsubishi L200, which clearly indicates that this will indeed preview the next-generation L200/Strada/Triton, which is due for replacement soon. The current model was introduced in 2005; following a ten year model life schedule, a production version should be released by late this year or early next year.